Journey for Identity (JFI)
for Teens from Rochester, NY and Modi'in, Israel

Want to learn about the Holocaust, meet a local survivor, travel to Poland, see the sun rise above the Dead Sea? Hike through 2,000 year-old water aqueducts in the north? Pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem? Explore Tel Aviv’s trendy shops and outdoor markets? Make friends that will last a lifetime?

 

Travel from Rochester to Poland and Israel with Jewish teens from Rochester and Modi’in. Experience "home hospitality" in each other's communities.

 

JFI is a hallmark program of "Partnership2Gether," the Rochester Jewish community's vibrant connection with the people of Modi'in, Israel. Learn more-->

 

 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has been sponsoring outstanding teen travel programs in the United States and Israel for many years. We provide the highest standard of health, safety and security in all our youth travel programs.
 

The staff of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is available by telephone 24 hours a day during the program to respond to the needs of our participants and concerns of parents. Our offices at 441 East Avenue are open 8 hours a day.  For more detailed information, please refer to our Safety and Security protocol.
 

Participants and their parents sign the JFI Code of Conduct expressing clear expectations for appropriate behavior. The Jewish Federation prides itself on the sensitive and professional handling of medical, emotional or behavioral challenges. The staff of the Jewish Federation are in close contact with participants’ parents if need be.
 

The Jewish Federation uses trained educators from the Israeli Ministry of Education for Poland and Israel - every group, in addition to its full complement of group leaders and counselors, has a trained tour educator in Poland and in Israel. This tour educator knows how to bring alive the history of the Jewish people and how to effectively communicate with Rochester teens.

 

 

  • JFI 2017

    Journey for Identity experiences take place every other summer. To learn more about JFI 7/2017, or to request an application and information packet, please contact Rich Gordon, Coordinator of Teen Education and Israel Trips, (585) 461-0490 x8637.

    Email Rich Gordon

    Journey for Identity experiences take place every other summer. To learn more about JFI 7/2017, or to request an application and information packet, please contact Rich Gordon, Coordinator of Teen Education and Israel Trips, (585) 461-0490 x8637.

    Email Rich Gordon

    Journey for Identity experiences take place every other summer. To learn more about JFI 7/2017, or to request an application and information packet, please contact Rich Gordon, Co...

    Email Rich Gordon

    Journey for Identity experiences take place every other summer. To learn more about JFI 7/2017, or to request...

    Email Rich Gordon

    Journey for Identity experiences take place every other summer. To le...

    Email Rich Gordon

    Journey for Identity experiences take pl...

    Email Rich Gordon

    Journey for Ide...

    Email Rich Gordon

Program costs:

 

The total cost of the Journey for Identity covers all expenses associated with the program including travel expenses, hotel accommodations, food, and any other associated costs of the program except for luggage charges for overweight bags. Contact Rich Gordon for more information.

 

Scholarship information

 

JFI participants are eligible to receive scholarships through Jewish Education Services of the Jewish Federation. All scholarships are need-based. Please contact Rich Gordon, Coodinator of Teen Education and Israel Trips, for information about scholarships.

 

Many area synagogues also offer scholarships. Please contact your local synagogue for more information.